UNIVERSAL BEAUTY

Youth Programs

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I never would have imagined that a rebrand could turn into something like this, but when I saw women supporting women in this way, I watched sparks fly! I watched raw beauty emerge from the depths where it was hiding. I watched tears stream down the faces of women as they began to connect with themselves and each other in ways that a simple conversation might not have allowed. 

 

And then, in my typical nature, I had an idea. I have a lot of big ideas, but this one was different. This one would not leave me. I dreamt about it often. And now it is here! 

 

We are developing programs for girls ages 10-17 years-old who could use the same encouragement and connection from us and from each other. 

 

Please help us get started by purchasing a 2021 calendar that was put together from our experience on this project. In addition to the photos, there are quotes from the women, speaking about their idea of universal beauty. 

What started out as a simple photo shoot for my website turned into something so much more powerful than I could have ever imagined! 

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EMILY ASHMAN

Artist Statement

 

It began one late spring morning in a cold pond with 6 willing women each were asked to prepare a little more than their adventurous spirit the goal was to create beautiful photos within water but the outcome was far more powerful. Instead of having artist/model/spectator, we organically became collaborators. Each person fell fairly effortlessly into multiple roles: lighting assistant, hair, wardrobe, morale-booster, giver of warmth, art director. And each transitioned fluidly from roll-to-roll as needed.

 

We became a band of women invested in each other's success. We wanted to do it again and again. Under this model, my original partner for the shoot Meg, said we should do this with all the elements, earth, air, fire and water. And thus the framework for future sessions was born. The collection became less about the final product and more about the process of creating one United Universe, women sharing their wide variety of strengths, showing vulnerability and relating to one another.

 

The energy of the group created a safe space where each person could experiment with trust and confidence and that shows in their faces. I may have my name attached to these but they would not exist the same way without all of the other women who decided to become vulnerable and let their authentic beauty be shown.

 

You can see more of Emily's work and watch the whole video at TriTownProductions.com

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